Although needle pain from a shot may not seem like a big deal, needle sticks are the most common and most feared cause of medical pain in the world.
An immunization may “only hurt for a second” but the impact for children can be a lifetime of needle phobia. Even for premature infants, untreated pain worsens medical outcomes and is remembered months later, demonstrated by increased crying.
As babies who are sensitized to needles grow up, they may avoid medical treatment, refuse to donate blood or refuse flu shots due to fear of needle pain. When they have children, they maybe even be less likely to immunize their own children.
How can Buzzy reduce the sensation of pain?
If you place the Buzzy on the same nerve between the source of pain and the brain, then the nerve has to transmit the vibration, cooling and the pain to the brain. This makes the brain less aware of the pain, thus partially or wholly removing all sensation of pain.
The Buzzy cards are 6 cards with questions and games on it. New research proves that the seemingly simple questions distract well enough to significantly reduce pain from medical procedures. The Buzzy cards are a quick and handy way for nurses, doctors or parents to break a behavior spiral or take someone’s mind off a painful procedure, which leads to a 50% pain reduction.